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Those darn stratocu!

Updated: Mar 8, 2020

Stratocumulus clouds are likely the most common cloud on the planet. They occur just about everywhere in the world and are usually quite harmless. But every once in a while, they can get ugly, especially when it comes to airframe icing.

Back in early February, this urgent pilot weather report from a Mooney M20P got my attention. Severe rime ice at at 1,600 feet MSL. The remark in the pilot report indicated 1.5 inches of ice accreted.


Urgent PIREP M20P

Time: Feb 8, 2020 1443Z

Flight level: 16

Icing intensity: Severe

Icing type: Rime

Urgent PIREP: MTO UUA /OV MTO010010/TM 1443/FL016/TP M20P/IC SEV RIM 1 1/2 INCH OF ICE/RM ZKCFDC/AF